Okay, so you’ve always said you’d use them and that they’re really the only way to go: environment, healthy family, money-saving, super-cute fabrics, organic living, easier to potty train, all that…right? Yep. Baby arrives in T-minus-soon…curtain call. Which diaper do you use?
Good question. And one with an immediate answer, a revised answer, and followed by a monitor-and-adjust answer.
With Levi (Baby #2), I’m seeing a whole new world of cloth diapering options over what we had with Lucy (Baby #1) only 4 years ago. We started and ended with prefolds with Lucy. Simple, done. But with Levi, we started with prefolds and have now moved into all-in-ones. These are a little more snazzy, more stream-lined, and his pants fit properly. At 3 months, these work for him and work for us. But as the Ladies of Terra Tots (our local cloth diapering store) know all too well, I can come in at any minute and exchange the current lot for a whole new style.
Really, for me it comes down to simplicity, no leaky, freedom of movement for Levi. My friend, Rachel of Homemade and Hands on Mama, asked me and several other mamas last week about our cloth diapering preferences. The results are culminated here: http://homemadeandhandsonmomma.blogspot.com/2013/01/cloth-diapers-whats-best-brand.html Good stuff.
I do recommend checking out your local natural parenting store for advice. Terra Tots hosts a free cloth diaper workshop on the first Saturday of each month. They bring out all the styles for you to compare…helpful and eye-opening. And know that even if you end up exchanging the style you first chose, you’re still hitting those foundational goals. Every diaper helps, Mama.
- Fran (mom and diaper jockey)